Welcome to resources to support children and youth with special needs!
Resources to Support Children and Youth with Special Needs

Transition into School

 
Title (Source) Brief Summary Link Resource
1. School Entry Action Plan / Parent Tips for Starting School (Easter Seals) The School Entry Action Plan outlines the steps to preparing for your child to enter the school system, such as knowing his or her rights and the potential questions to ask prior to your child starting school.

The Parent Tips for Starting School section offers tips for helping your child with transitions, as well as accessibility, equipment, and supports involved.
Starting School

School Entry Action Plan

Parent Tips for Starting School

Planning Entry to School for Children with Special Needs

Helping Your Child with Transitions

Parent Tips on Transitions of Equipment

Parents Tips on Accessibility During Transitions

Parent Tips for Successful Transitions

Starting School for the First Time
 
Website (Multiple web pages)
2. High School (Easter Seals) The High School section focuses on preparing students with special needs for the transition to high school. The resource offers advice on developing self-advocacy and a success strategy, as well as tips for both students and parents on what to expect during this time. High School Options for Students who had Modifications at Elementary School

High School Certificates

The Student Success Strategy

Starting High School – Tips for Parents

Self Advocacy and Self Determination in the IEP

Developing Self Advocacy Skills

Student Tips for Successful Transitions
 
Website (multiple web pages)
3. Planning Elementary to Secondary Transitions for Students with Special Education Needs (Simcoe County District School Board)      This guide helps students with special education needs, along with their parents, teachers, and other members of their transition team, to prepare to move from elementary to secondary school. The guide includes a planning timeline and suggestions for dealing with the “little t” transitions for students before, during, and after the school day. Planning Elementary to Secondary Transitions for Students with Special Education Needs PDF
4. Special Education in Ontario, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Resource Guide (Draft, 2017) This detailed report talks about the policy, planning, and state of special education in Ontario, which aims to ensure that students have every chance to succeed in school. While the report is mainly intended for administrators and teachers, parents may also find parts of the guide useful. Special Education in Ontario, Kindergarten to Grade 12: Policy and Resource Guide PDF
5. Elementary/ Secondary Education (Autism Ontario) This section of the Autism Ontario knowledge base provides information, tips and strategies for families who have a child with autism in elementary or secondary school. Topics include communication between home and school, preparing for kindergarten, and asking for help. Preparing for Kindergarten: Ideas for Families

Strategies for Effective Home/School Communication

Understanding the Role of the Education Assistant

Preparing for a Successful School Meeting

Individual Education Plan (IEP) Meeting

The School System: FAQ

I Have Autism and I Need Your Help

Suspension: What You Need to Know

Transition to Post-Secondary Studies

Model for an ASD Centre

Supporting Communication in High School

Supporting Functional Communication in High School
Website
6. A Hand-Holding Guide to IEPs (Today’s Parent) This article defines an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in Canada’s education system and explains how to decide if your child needs one. It also covers how to talk to your child about his or her IEP and advocate for your child within the school system. A Hand-Holding Guide to IEPs Website
7. 8 Important Tips for Working with a Special Needs Child (FriendshipCircle.org) A list of tips to pass on to anyone who will be working with a child with special needs, either at school or elsewhere. 8 Important Tips for Working with a Special Needs Child Website
8. Succeeding at School: Accommodations for Students with Coordination Difficulties (CanChild, McMaster University) This article explains how children who have motor coordination difficulties can be supported by accommodations in the classroom. It gives suggestions for alternate seating, tools or materials, technology, assistance, and more. Succeeding at School: Accommodations for Students with Coordination Difficulties PDF
9. Special Education (School Advocacy Hamilton) This resource explains how parents can advocate for their child with special needs within the Ontario school system. It talks about how children with special needs are identified, the Individual Education Plan, and the roles and responsibilities of the adults involved. Special Education PDF
10. Tips for Parents (Autism Ontario) This tip sheet answers some commonly asked questions to Autism Ontario to help parents and their children with Autism Spectrum Disorder navigate the school system. Tips for Parents – Autism Ontario PDF
11. Transition to Kindergarten Tips and Ideas (Children’s Treatment Network) This graphic outlines possible transition team planning options for students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP), whether that’s entry into school, to a new school, or post-high school options. Transition to Kindergarten Tips and Ideas PDF
12. Special Education Plan 2017-18 (Thames Valley District School Board) A link to the special education programs and services available for the Thames Valley District School Board, as described in the Special Education Plan. Special Education Plan 2017-2018 Website
13. A Parent Resource Guide: Individual Education Plan (IEP) (Thames Valley District School Board) This is a parent resource guide for the Thames Valley District School Board Individual Education Plan (IEP). It provides detailed information about the IEP process and tips for working with your child’s school in creating their IEP. Parent Resource Guide PDF
14. A Parent Resource Guide: Supporting Student Success Together (Thames Valley District School Board) This is a parent resource guide on communication provided by the Thames Valley District School Board. It outlines strategies for effective communication with your child’s school team, provides tips on how to resolve issues with your child’s school team, and describes the communication chain within the TVDSB. Parent Resource Guide PDF
15. A Parent Resource Guide: Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) (Thames Valley District School Board) This is a parent resource guide on the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) for the Thames Valley District School Board. It outlines the IPRC process for identifying a student with an exceptionality within the TVDSB and identifying the placement that best meets your child’s needs. Parent Resource Guide PDF
16. Parent Guide to Special Education (London District Catholic School Board) This is a parent guide to Special Education in the London District Catholic School Board. It provides information on programming for children and youth with exceptionalities, outlines Individual Education Plans and Individual Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) meetings for identifying a student’s exceptionalities, and describes the LDCSB mandate to provide support for students with exceptionalities. Parent Guide to Special Education PDF